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1. We have posted a draft of the annual meeting Program pages for paper sessions. We have also posted the schedule of meetings for the SCS Board and its committees. The schedule of affiliated group events will be posted next week.
2. The headquarters hotel, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, no longer has sleeping rooms available at the convention rate of $159. That rate, however, is available directly across the street at the New Orleans Marriott where the majority of SCS placement interviews will take place along with some committee/interest group meetings and special events. Read about annual meeting hotels here, and make reservations by December 15, 2014, to ensure the availability of the convention rate.
We have published an announcement of the seminar (entitled Ancient Literacy Reprised) that will take place on Friday, January 9. As described in the announcement, advance registration is required.
In addition, we have updated the Preliminary Program of the meeting. Because a few sessions had to be moved to different time slots, the numbers of many sessions have been changed.
In May’s column, I discussed how the image of the bitter cup in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura offers a rich interpretive contrast to the bitter Cup of Sin and Shame in Harriet Jacobs’ narrative of freedom. In this month’s column, I explore what Jacobs’ narrative can teach us about Roman comedy.
Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) combines autobiography with broad lessons about slavery, based both on the narrator’s own life and on the sufferings of other enslaved persons that she witnessed. “You may believe what I say,” she says early in her text, “for I write only that whereof I know. I was twenty-one years in that cage of obscene birds.” Jacobs draws readers towards more active opposition to slavery through the specific and the general — and through appeals not only to human(e) decency but also to her readers’ particular identities. Thus she connects the plight of enslaved women to free women readers: “I do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South, still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse.”
Thus also she points out the repercussions of slavery for free as well as enslaved persons:
- Ancient Athens and Attika
- Ancient Law
- Ancient Political Thought and Theory
- Ancient Sanctuaries
- Cognitive Classics
- Dress and Gender
- Imperial Greek Poetry
- Inequality in the Ancient World
- Later Latin Literature
- Objects and Materiality
- Persia and the Greek and Roman Worlds
- Philosophy and Rhetoric
- Popular Culture in Antiquity
- The Classical Tradition in Late Antiquity and Byzantium
- The Elegiac Tradition
- The Greeks in the West
- The Hellenistic Polis
The Department of Classics at Case Western Reserve University invites applications to its Graduate Certificate Program. Our classics post-bac—Ohio’s first—offers students a bridge to full-fledged graduate study in classics and related humanities disciplines by solidifying and increasing their command of Greek and Latin.
We give post-bac students:
- training in Greek and Latin, enabling them to read ancient texts at an advanced level
- the advising they need to gain admittance into MA and PhD programs in classics, philosophy, art history, Medieval studies and more.
While most individuals will use this certificate as a stepping stone for graduate school, we also encourage individuals to pursue our certificate simply as a means of enriching their lives.
Students seeking admittance to the post-bac program will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree and have a strong academic record with at least one year of college-level Greek or Latin. The post-bac application requires an application form, transcript(s) from all universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of reference. GRE scores are not required. The electronic application and all materials are due on or before April 20, 2015.
Karen Suzadail, a Latin teacher at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, PA, and the winner of the 2014 David D. and Rosemary H. Coffin Fellowship, has submitted her report. Ms. Suzadail participated in the Paideia Institute's Caesar in Gaul program and looks forward to sharing what she learned there with her AP Latin students.
The Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research at Harvard University is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our fifth annual summer session, to be held June 1st - 12th, 2015. The School offers faculty and advanced graduate students the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in theater and performance research in an intensive two-week summer program.
These seminars welcome not only teachers, who may wish to develop their ability use Latin actively and extempore in the classroom to augment whatever teaching methods they prefer to use, but anyone at all devoted to Latin, such as professors, graduate students, and those who read Latin for personal enrichment, can benefit from both of these week-long seminars, which are exclusively aimed at helping those who take part to acquire a more instinctive and active command of the Latin language.
Conventiculum Dickinsoniense: Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin to be held at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania from July 6 -12, 2015. http://www.dickinson.edu/info/20033/classical_studies/61/teacher_workshops.
Conventiculum Latinum: Annual Workshop for Spoken Latin to be held In Lexington at the University of Kentucky from July 22-29, 2015. http://mcl.as.uky.edu/conventiculum-latinum
The Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities. Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2015. For more information, visit: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/grants-and-awards/dissertation-completion.
The Digital Latin Library—a Linked Open Data resource—has its origins in discussions between the Foundation and the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) in 2011. In 2012 SCS, in collaboration with the Medieval Academy of America and the Renaissance Society of America, requested and received funding from the Foundation for a feasibility study to determine the appropriate scope of the project and to identify institutions where it could be carried out. SCS Information Architect Samuel Huskey directed the feasibility study, and with the endorsement of all three learned societies submitted an initial implementation grant to the Foundation on behalf of his home institution, the University of Oklahoma, with the help of his collaborators, June Abbas and Chris Weaver. The new grant funds the first year of a three year project, which has two components: The Digital Latin Library and the Library of Digital Latin Texts.
The Digital Latin Library will provide a single point of access to texts and resources for reading and working with them, e.g., images of inscriptions and manuscripts, reference works, tools for analysis, etc. The Library of Digital Latin Texts will provide resources and support for the production of new scholarship and educational materials. A number of interfaces will facilitate activities such as reading and annotating texts, textual or visual analysis and collaborative learning and scholarship.